Whether you are suffering from menstrual cramps or from a strenuous exercise regime, a spa day can relieve sore muscles and boost energy levels. Aside from its physical benefits, it can also help you relax and reduce stress.
While the main reason people visit a spa is to get pampered and relaxed, it can be an excellent bonding experience for friends and family as well. Many spas offer packages that are perfect for groups, such as manicures and pedicures or massages and facials. Some even have lounge areas where you can sip tea or wine.
It’s important to set the right mood for your spa’s relaxation room. Harsh lighting can keep your brain wired instead of calming down, so choose soft or ambient light. Similarly, music can be distracting for some guests, so play soft or soothing classical or jazz music.
Aromatherapy is also an important part of the spa experience. Scents such as jasmine, lavender and chamomile can calm the senses. Add them to your bath salts, bubble bath or even use a diffuser in the room to fill it with calming scents.
Another way to relax during a spa day is to close your eyes and breathe deeply. Research shows that vision consumes a lot of our brain’s energy, but closing your eyes frees up a lot of that energy. In addition, deep breathing helps to lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Lastly, stretching can relax your muscles and increase flexibility.